2019 roundup

At the end of the decade, and looking for a way to follow up the eclectic Asia-Pacific Odyssey of Other Islands: 2012-2018, I stripped things back down to the solo acoustic format of my early years with Live 2019. The set, at Wairarapa TV in Masterton, New Zealand, was streamed live on the internet on … Continue reading 2019 roundup

Huia Vortex

Animated visuals, with electric guitar loops, one-stringed bass, and drums - the opening track from the 'Ngumbang' album (get the free download) - w/ Emit Snake-beings & Nat da Hatt The title 'Huia Vortex' refers to the location where the track was recorded, in Huia, a small village on the outskirts of west Auckland. Dave … Continue reading Huia Vortex

logistical torrents

31 July 2019 https://youtu.be/LPRYDfrxkr0 electric guitar and video by Dave Black, Featherston, NZ. One in a series of quickfire improvisations with video effects. Rather than finish an album before releasing anything in 2019, I'm opening a curtain on some of my demo ideas in progress.

11 through the viewer 7

11th July 2019 https://youtu.be/oi-nq7lcF8o Improvised acoustic guitar and video effects by Dave Black, Featherston, NZ. A followup to Solstice Shards 19, another home recording - dialling back the electronic sound effects, but keeping some dynamic filters on the visuals. The consumer-level technology that's available nowadays lets me (or anyone) put together this sort of thing … Continue reading 11 through the viewer 7

Solstice Shards 19

I spent the longest night of the year at home and improvised this: . As I'd been doing mainly solo acoustic songs recently this was a palette cleansing electric improvisation from the other side of my coin. I think of acoustic as yin and electric as yang forces. The winter solstice is always a relief … Continue reading Solstice Shards 19

Campbell Kneale & Dave Black

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvu-zTZesqc A Ton of Feathers is the first collaboration by Campbell Kneale (guitar, analogue synthesiser) & Dave Black (bass, electric toothbrush, video). Made in Featherston, Wairarapa NZ in 2018. New Zealand folk music, in the tradition of Birchville Cat Motel, the Dead C, and Len Lye. This excerpt appears on the compilation Other Islands: 2012-2018, … Continue reading Campbell Kneale & Dave Black